A public school education isn't entirely free. While it is typically much less expensive than sending a child to an area private school, families often have to pay some sort of one-time fee at the beginning of each school year because most public schools cannot run on taxes alone.
Homewood and Flossmoor's public schools are among the many in the country with start-of-the-year fees. Here's a breakdown of the fees of your local public schools:
Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School
The following are H-F Community High School's full year fees for the 2013-2014 school year.
Registration: $295 per student ($350 late)
Graduation fee (seniors only): $35
Music class fee: $50
Gym Suits: $5 for shirts and $10 for shorts (at least one full uniform required).
EDDA (literary magazine): $5
Bus Transportation: $300
H-F HS Foundation Calendar: $15
Parent's subscription to The Voyager: $22
Homewood School District 153
The following are the fees for D153 students in the 2013-14 school year.
Pre-K: No Fee
EC: No Fee
K-2nd: $150 ($40 milk or juice optional recess drink)
Kindergarten Adventures Extended Day Care$178 per month for the first child. $144 per additional kid.$30 registration fee.
Kindergarten Extra Innings Day Care
$397 per month for the first child. $325 per additional kid.
$30 registration fee.
1st-6th Extra Innings Day Care$269 per month for the first child. $222 per additional kid.$30 registration fee.
Flossmoor School District 161
The following are the fees for D161 students in the 2013-14 school year.
Elementary registration: $120 ($155 late)
Junior High registration: $155 ($190 late)
Technology fee: $30
Outdoor education: $237
Graduation fee: $65
Gym uniforms: $20
Athletic activities: $30
Paid transportation: $330
Industrial arts: $10
School lunch: $2.50
K-6 Extra Innings Day Care
$269 per month for the first child. $222 per additional kid.
$30 Registration fee